The Urbana Chapter DAR met April 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Paris Library Kiser Community Room. Before the ritual, Regent Detwiler awarded certificates of membership to Fonda Lou Eaton for 50 years of membership, Frieda Roesser for 25 years, Kay Petty, 25 years, and Deborah Ruchty for 10 years. Each was thanked for her service over the years to Urbana Chapter. Regent Detwiler then began the opening ritual with Judi Henson leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Dr. Jan Ebert leading the singing of the national anthem.
Guests in attendance were Kathy Bentley, speaker, Nicole Rush from the St. Paris Library, Linda Sears, Jackie Pugh, and Megan Snyder, our CAR representative. Regent Detwiler read thank you notes from Betty Driever, State First Vice Regent Kathy Dixon, Michael Melvin, and Sue Ellen Markley.
The business portion of the meeting was suspended for the program given by Kathy Bentley and Nicole Rush. Kathy began by discussing the “pedigree” and what documents can be used to prove a line of lineage. She mentioned Debby Duay having a website with a great deal of useful genealogy information to help us with our searches. She was followed by Nicole Rush, from the St. Paris library, who distributed handouts which could be used to track our ancestors.
The business meeting resumed at 3 p.m.
President General’s Report – First Vice Regent Snyder told of the New Member’s Course, service hours information, and other details of the President General’s report.
National Defense – Margaret Denzer told of a new study on the effects of service dogs in the treatment of PTSD.
Secretary/Treasurer – Both approved and Treasurer report filed for audit.
Registrar – Donna Tullis reported no changes – 86 members, 10 associates, 5 prospectives.
Historian – Janet Ebert reported on the efforts to mark the Vance family graves.
Regent’s Report – Regent Detwiler reported on the 118th OSDAR Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. She mentioned Megan Snyder as a Junior Page during the conference. She also read the certificates earned by our chapter this year, as well as two that were held over from the Fall Fun Fair.
First Vice Regent – Kim Snyder reported on the positive comments she heard during the state conference dealing with the Urbana Chapter involvement in DAR, considering our size. This included the birdhouses which were constructed as table decoration for the conference and then sold to various chapters throughout the state. She also reported that our own Lexi Pollock was nominated as an outstanding Junior Member. She discussed preparations for the Hoopla parade coming up in the summer, events at the Christian Waldschmidt home, the Greenville Tea for Washington’s Gavel, and considering the possibility of more Saturday meetings in the future. She also is available to help other chapters set up websites similar to the one she set up for our own chapter.
American Heritage – Cheryl Walters reported a tombstone in Oakdale Cemetery which has a “War of 1776” marker. John Dawson who served under Colonel Crawford was an early settler in Champaign County whose grave should be added to our list of tombstones which need to be marked with a DAR Marker.
C.A.R. — Kim Snyder reported on Megan Snyder being a Junior Page at the State Conference. Janet Ebert added the growing number of books for donation in her garage.
Community Service Awards – A short review of our March Community Service awards ceremony was discussed, and Janet reminded us that two awards per year are allowed.
DAR Service for Veterans – Our chapter was reminded to gather items to be donated to Veterans, and bring them to our June potluck meeting for Mary Pollock to deliver to the VA medical center.
Genealogical Records – Dolly Wisma reported that 55 pages had been sent to the genealogical records index.
Lineage Research – Donna Tullis reported on genetic testing and what one can learn from this test as far as ancestry is concerned.
Public Relations and Media – Becky Shultz reported that the scrapbook is up to date and was well received at the state conference.
Service to America – Judi Henson reported that the goal of the Service to America project is to record 19 million hours of volunteer service during the administration of Ann Turner Dillon, our National Regent. The 19 million refers to celebrating the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. She clarified what is meant by “meaningful” community service hours and informed us that DAR work can now be included in those hours. She strongly encouraged us to get our hours recorded in the on-line tally.
The chapter was reminded that we no longer need to re-enroll each year for Kroger rewards.
The next meeting will be held at VFW Post 5451 and DAV Chapter 31 Post on Court Street on May 15, with Jim Miller, a Viet Nam Helicopter pilot, as our speaker. The public is invited to this meeting, which will be at 1:30 in the afternoon.
The June meeting will be held on June 14th, which is our traditional Flag Day potluck at 12:00 noon. The Chapter will be watching the video “History of Old Glory,” and there may be a bit of a surprise as well.
NSDAR Continental Congress will be in session from June 28th-July 2nd, 2017. Six Chapter members will be attending this national meeting in Washington, D.C. The members will be treated to a side trip of a visit to Mount Vernon by the Ohio bus group.
Submitted by Urbana Chapter DAR.
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